Call for Papers

PETools: Workshop on Privacy Enhancing Tools
July 9, 2013, Bloomington, Indiana, USA

Important dates
PETools submission deadline for abstracts: May 15, 2013, 23:59 UTC (8pm EDT)
PETools notification: June 5, 2013
PETools deadline for revised abstracts (for the online program):  June 14, 2013

This workshop seeks submissions of two-page abstracts (excluding bibliography and appendices; with 11pt font and reasonable margins) of talks related to the improvement of privacy-enhancing tools aimed at real-world deployments. Submissions should not be anonymized.

Submissions must be made in PDF format using EasyChair:

Scope of the Workshop
The goal of this workshop is to discuss the design of privacy tools aimed at real-world deployments. This workshop will bring together privacy practitioners and researchers with the aim to spark dialog and collaboration between these communities.

Existing privacy enhancing tools range from web browser plugins to specialized software, and are all aimed at empowering users to better control their privacy. For widespread adoption and continued effectiveness, however, these tools need to be made usable and be continually refined and examined by researchers and developers. While certain tools such as Tor have successfully received such attention, this workshop seeks to stimulate such collaborative efforts for a plethora of privacy enhancing tools and discuss the continued evolution of privacy enhancing tools in the real world.

Topics of interest include researcher and developer efforts on real-world tools related to:

  • usability
  • human factors
  • privacy plugins and extensions
  • encryption software
  • email
  • health
  • advertising
  • steganography
  • anonymizers
  • identity management
  • social networking
  • cloud computing and storage
  • Internet telephony
  • mobile and pervasive computing (e.g., smartphones and home automation)
  • attacks on real-world PETools (aimed at improving these PETools)
  • Anti-PETools (tools that attack privacy, spurring discussion on PETools to counter such Anti-PETools)
  • and more

Submission types include:

  • original scientific work
  • preliminary research results
  • recent results published elsewhere
  • position papers
  • research surveys

No proceedings
The PETools Workshop has no official proceedings, and accepted abstracts will not be included in the PETS proceedings. Since there are no formal or archival proceedings, acceptance at this workshop does not preclude publication at other venues. Accepted abstracts will be made available online on this website to support discussion by the workshop attendees.

You may contact the organizers at petools (AT)